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List of films featuring diabetes

There is a body of films that feature diabetes as a major or minor characteristic. In the late twentieth century, most films' references to diabetes were minor, though diabetes "played a more significant role" in films like Steel Magnolias and Panic Room.[1] Dr. Kevin L. Ferguson investigated such films in the Journal of Medical Humanities and reported, "Films that represent diabetes must work around the disease's banal invisibility, and images of diabetics in film are especially susceptible to metaphor and exaggeration."[2] Everyday Health reported, "Sometimes, filmmakers get it wrong: mixing up different types of diabetes, imagining symptoms or complications that aren't accurate, or unfairly portraying another aspect of the condition."[3]

List of films

Film Year Description
Alma 1999 A documentary film about Alma Thorpe, who suffers diabetes as well as schizophrenia and other psychoses.[4]
Ambulance, TheThe Ambulance 1990 A rogue doctor in an ambulance kidnaps diabetics for his experiment.[5]
Beats, Rhymes & Life 2011 A documentary film about the band A Tribe Called Quest, including diabetic member Phife Dawg.[4]
Big Nothing 2006 In the black comedy film, criminals kill a diabetic FBI agent by force-feeding him a lollipop.[6]
Bread and Roses 2000 A married couple has financial difficulties because the husband has diabetes.[7]
Brokedown Palace 1999 The father of one of the wrongfully imprisoned women is a diabetic.[8]
Broken 2012 The coming-of-age film stars an 11-year-old diabetic.[9]
Chocolat 2000 An old woman in the film hides her diabetes from her family.[10]
Click 2006 The protagonist's father is a diabetic.[11]
Cliffhanger 1993 The female pilot of the criminal gang radio for emergency backup and fake that they need insulin.[12]
Con Air 1997 The film's protagonist helps one of the fellow convicts who is diabetic.[6]
Confessional, TheThe Confessional 1995 A family mystery is investigated, and hereditary diabetes is a clue in establishing a family link.[13]
Derailed 2005 The daughter of a blackmail victim is a diabetic.[8]
Dog Day Afternoon 1975 The manager of the bank at which the robbery takes place is a diabetic.[8]
Fed Up 2014 The documentary film highlights sugar as the reason for the prevalence of diabetes mellitus type 2 in the United States.[14]
General, TheThe General 1998 The titular Irish crime boss Martin Cahill develops Type 2 diabetes.[15]
Gigli 2003 A diabetic character is helped by another character.[16]
Godfather Part III, TheThe Godfather Part III 1990 The film's crime boss suffers diabetic symptoms.[4]
Gubra 2006 When a woman's father is hospitalized due to diabetic complications, she meets a man with whom she falls in love.[17]
Half Baked 1998 The stoner comedy film features a diabetic horse.[4]
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters 2013 As a result of consuming too much candy in Hansel and Gretel, Hansel became diabetic and must periodically inject insulin.[18]
It Runs in the Family 2003 The protagonist's wife suffers from diabetes and is on dialysis.[7]
Jerry and Tom 1998 The film's hitman suffers from diabetes.[15]
Just Before Dawn 1946 A criminal psychologist is tricked into injecting a diabetic with poison instead of insulin.[19]
Mad Money 2008 One of the bank robbers is a diabetic.[8]
Meeting Daddy 2000 The Colonel in the film has diabetes and uses a glucometer.[16]
Memento 2000 In a side plot, a man with anterograde amnesia treats his diabetic wife.[4]
Next Three Days, TheThe Next Three Days 2010 A husband attempts an escape plan for his wrongfully imprisoned and diabetic wife.[7]
No Good Deed 2002 The film's diabetic police officer is shown performing a self-maintenance routine.[8]
Nothing in Common 1986 The protagonist's parents divorce, and he learns that his diabetic father has been avoiding treatment.[20]
Over the Brooklyn Bridge 1984 The lead character Alby (played by Elliott Gould) has diabetes.[21]
Panic Room 2002 A young diabetic girl and her mother are trapped in a safe room during a home invasion.[8]
Patch Adams 1998 The comedy-drama film, based on Dr. Hunter "Patch" Adams, depicts a scene in which medical residents scrutinize a gurney-bound patient with diabetics, and Patch Adams, unlike the others, asks for the patient's name.[22]
Planet of Junior Brown, TheThe Planet of Junior Brown 2000 A diabetic character is helped by another character.[16]
Regarding Henry 1991 The film's attorney, recovering from a shooting, meets an elderly diabetic man.[15]
Reversal of Fortune 1990 A husband defends against charges that he killed his diabetic wife.[23]
S/O Satyamurthy 2015 A man meets a diabetic woman and develops a relationship with her.[24]
Scarecrow Gone Wild 2004 A college-age man suffers a diabetic shock as a result of a prank but is resurrected as a killer scarecrow.[4]
Soul Food 1997 A matriarch's refusal to address her diabetes leads to her death and her family falling apart.[11]
Species 1995 An alien seductress rejects and kills a candidate mate because he is diabetic.[4]
Steel Magnolias 1989 A recent bride suffers from diabetes.[25]
Tammy 2014 The protagonist's grandmother is diabetic but refuses to medicate.[26]
This Old Cub 2004 A documentary film about diabetic baseball player Ron Santo.[15]
To Kill a Man 2014 A diabetic caretaker of a forest preserve has his medicine stolen, and his son's attempt to recover the medicine leads to the family being terrorized by the gang that stole it.[27]
Warlock 1989 A witch hunter enlists a sidekick who is diabetic.[5]
Weavers: Wasn't That a Time!, TheThe Weavers: Wasn't That a Time! 1982 The documentary film shows the band The Weavers, including the diabetic bass vocalist Lee Hays.[4]
Who Killed Mary What's 'Er Name? 1971 The film's diabetic amateur sleuth helped by another character.[16]
Witches, TheThe Witches 1990 The young protagonist's grandmother has diabetes.[7]
Wonderful World 2009 The protagonist's roommate falls into a diabetic coma, and the protagonist falls in love with the roommate's sister who comes to visit.[28]


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  2. ^ Ferguson 2010, p. 183
  3. ^ Vann, Madeline (October 10, 2012). "Diabetes in the Movies: An Accuracy Check". Everyday Health (Everyday Health Media, LLC). Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Campbell, Christopher (November 14, 2011). "10 Memorable Diabetic Movie Characters – In Honor of World Diabetes Day". indieWire. Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Ferguson 2010, p. 201
  6. ^ a b Ferguson 2010, p. 191
  7. ^ a b c d "Movies Highlighting Diabetes". dLife. Retrieved March 12, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f Ferguson 2010, p. 193
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  10. ^ Ferguson 2010, p. 197
  11. ^ a b Ferguson 2010, p. 198
  12. ^ Winning With Diabetes: Inspiring Stories of Famous and Not-So-Famous People With Diabetes Who Live Life Abundantly. American Diabetes Association. 1998. p. 5. ISBN 978-0-945448-97-6. 
  13. ^ Dunđerović, Aleksandar (2003). The Cinema of Robert Lepage: The Poetics of Memory. Wallflower Press. p. 68. ISBN 978-1-903364-33-8. 
  14. ^ Halter, Reese (May 25, 2014). "Fed Up Spotlights the American Sugar Epidemic". The Huffington Post. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  15. ^ a b c d Ferguson 2010, p. 189
  16. ^ a b c d Ferguson 2010, p. 194
  17. ^ Harvey, Dennis (May 4, 2006). "Review: 'Gubra'". Variety. Retrieved March 12, 2014. 
  18. ^ Suebsaeng, Asawin (January 25, 2013). "'Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters' in 3D: Diabetes, Witches, Kung-Fu Witches, and Sex With Witches". Mother Jones. Retrieved April 12, 2013. 
  19. ^ Ferguson 2010, p. 203
  20. ^ Ferguson 2010, p. 199
  21. ^ Canby, Vincent (March 2, 1984). "Screen: 'Brooklyn Bridge'". The New York Times. 
  22. ^ Bogue, Ernest Grady (2010). The Leadership Choice: Designing Climates of Blame Or Responsibility. WestBow Press. p. 102. ISBN 978-1-4497-0242-7. 
  23. ^ Ferguson 2010, p. 202
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  25. ^ Ferguson 2010, p. 184
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  27. ^ Osenlund, R. Kurt (March 14, 2014). "To Kill a Man | Film Review". Slant Magazine. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  28. ^ Holden, Stephen (January 7, 2010). "Crankier Than Thou, but Open to New Love". The New York Times. Retrieved March 12, 2014.